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March 2021


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Cancer Research KI open calls and upcoming events


KI and Mayo Clinic collaborative call in breast cancer

The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and Karolinska Institutet have announced the 2021 Request for Applications (RFA) within the area of breast cancer. The objective of this funding is to provide support to initiate and enhance collaborations in breast cancer research between Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and Karolinska Institutet - Cancer Research KI. Information about the funding, application procedure and eligibility can be found on our homepage and through the following link Mayo-KI 2021 call

Deadline for submission: 1st April 2021

Blue Sky Grant 2021

Cancer Research KI has announced up to six project grants in cancer research for well-defined innovative pilot projects that aim to demonstrate proof of principle. The project should be of a "high risk – high reward" type that cannot yet attract funding from conventional funding agencies. The aim should be to obtain proof of principle and thereby provide the basis to obtain other funding. More information about this Innovative Cancer Research & Technology grant can be found here.

Deadline for submission: 16th April 2021

Translational Seed Funding Grant 2021

Cancer Research KI has announced up to six project grants in cancer research to foster novel collaborations between basic and clinical scientists to address important problems in the area of translational cancer research. This is a two-year grant with a deadline of 16th April 2021. More information can be found on our homepage or through this link.

Deadline for submission: 16th April 2021

More information about the organisational structure, working group responsibilities, including affiliated executive members please visit our homepage.

Seminars and Workshops


Cancer Research KI retreat at Djurönäset save the date for 2022

We regret to inform you that the planned retreat for the cancer researchers at KI at Djurönäset has been postponed until 23-24 of May 2022. We hope to see you there!

Cancer workshop for patient organisations

This joint workshop between Cancer Research KI and RCC Stockholm-Gotland will aim to address opportunities for interaction and communication between different patient organisations, researchers, and the general public. All presentations and discussions will be in Swedish. This workshop offers a great opportunity for the cancer researcher to take part in the discussion with patient representatives. To register for the event please e-mail and more information can be foundhere.

Date: 31 March 2021 | Location: Zoom meeting.

En dag för cancerforkning, Karolinska Institutet

Under dagen kommer forskare och professorer samlas för att berätta om den banbrytande cancerforskning de arbetar med under ledning av en välrenommerad moderator för allmänheten.

Spetsforskningen inom cancerområdet kommer att presenteras och vi fokuserar på ämnen såsom nya banbrytande behandlingsmetoder, fertilitet efter cancerbehandling, antioxidanter och cancer samt rehabilitering. Vi kommer även att bjuda på annat spännande och interaktivt program.

Deltagandet är avgiftsfritt men kräver registrering.

Date: 29 April 2021 | Location: Live webinar through Youtube

Images of Research Competition 


They say that a ‘picture is worth a thousand words’, and with that Cancer Research KI would like to see all the great research that is being conducted within our community here at KI by our junior and senior researchers- and what better way to do that than with an image. The winning creation from this competition will be used as the banner of the organisation; so, this is a pretty big deal! All other entries, including winning entry, will be exhibited online on our homepage and advertised through our social media to show everyone at KI, and those that visit our homepage the work of our researchers.

More information about the competition, as well as how to submit your entry can be found here.

Deadline for submission: 1st April 2021

Recent Research Publications

Klara Nilsson (Dept. of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology) Article

Surgical Morbidity and Mortality From the Multicenter Randomized Controlled NeoRes II Trial: Standard Versus Prolonged Time to Surgery After Neoadjuvant Chemoradiotherapy for Esophageal Cancer Annals of surgery. 2020 Nov;272(5):684-689

Marco Del Chiaro (Dept. of Clinical Science, Intervention and Technology) Article

Main Duct Dilatation Is the Best Predictor of High-grade Dysplasia or Invasion in Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms of the Pancreas Annals of surgery. 2020 Dec;272(6):1118-1124

Matthias Löhr (Gastrocentrum, Karolinska Institutet and University Hospital) Article

A multilayered post-GWAS assessment on genetic susceptibility to pancreatic cancer Genome Med. 2021 Feb 1;13(1):15

Ola Olén (Dept.of Medicine, Solna) Article

Inflammatory bowel disease and risk of small bowel cancer: a binational population-based cohort study from Denmark and Sweden Gut. 2021 Feb;70(2):297-308

Torkild Visnes (Dept. of Oncology and Pathology) Article

Targeting OGG1 arrests cancer cell proliferation by inducing replication stress Nucleic acids research 2020 Dec 2;48(21):12234-12251.

Noriyuki Sumida (Dept. Oncology and Pathology) Article

MYC as a driver of stochastic chromatin networks: implications for the fitness of cancer cells Nucleic acids researcht 2020 Nov 4;48(19):10867-10876.

Any cancer-related publications from a KI-based researcher (corresponding author must be from KI) that you wish to be advertised through our newsletter please send in the format shown above to our email:

Grant Announcements

Cancer Research KI awards research grants in several categories to promote excellent young researchers, clinical research, innovative research and joint international research projects. All grants are announced openly and the applications undergo external review.

Open Positions


Please send us your open positions for Master projects, PhD candidates and postdocs so that we can advertise them to our Cancer Research KI community.

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Cancer Research KI is an overarching umbrella organisation and single point of entry to cancer research at Karolinska Institutet, conducted by some 350 research groups at multiple campuses and departments. The aim is to combine cancer research with clinical oncology by bringing together top level cancer scientists from different disciplines, with the overall goal to generate new scientific discoveries that can be rapidly translated into clinical practice for the benefit of patients and society.

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